Valencia, Valencia, ES
Vintage postcard type illustration of one of the most famous beaches of Cadiz, Andalusia.
The beach is a small cove of the Atlantic Ocean, located in the south of Spain. It is characterized by beautiful sunsets, surrounded by fishing atmosphere and feeling of navigator. Its waves are accompanied by small ships and a historic castle of the city, the castle of Santa Catalina (XVI century).
Long walks on the beach may be a hackneyed activity but there's a reason it's a favorite for so many. This long sandy beach is just a few steps from my current hideaway and I love walking there on a foggy or sunny day. It's always exciting to watch the waves crashing and the shorebirds having a feast. You can keep on strolling down to Morro Rock and see the adorable sea otters too!
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For our family, the happiest place in the world isn't Disney or any place like that (waaaay too crowded), some tropical beach somewhere (far too hot and boring) a golf course, shopping mall or spa. It's our home sweet backyard!
A few weeks ago on a sunny Thursday morning we heard an exotic bird by the back door and soon saw a bright yellow parakeet looking through the window inquisitively. There was no question about it, he was going to come in! And he did. He had lots of food and drink and by the evening we were able to give him shelter in the form of a large cage that someone in the neighbourhood was selling that afternoon. We've had him since - we named him Riki, short for the Maori name of his breed, kakariki. He soon took to his new home and is very fond of the hibiscus tree that my grandmother planted back in Hungary - the only plant that has been following me round wherever we've moved in the last 12 years. Riki is a joy! I've drawn his happy place. (For the record, we have been trying to find his owner to no avail.)
I spent time in Belize in the early 1990's. My oldest daughter is currently there doing field study work for her marine science degree. She is loving it as much as I did. With contact limited in her remote area, she sends me photos and I paint them and it brings me back to my time there.
I live just by the South West Coast Path, which hugs around 660 miles of the English coastline, from the rocky cliffs of North Devon, through Cornwall and over to the gentle waters of Poole in East Dorset. At least once a week I walk this path. The Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast of England and I have looked over to it as I walk the coastline near my home in Devon. I recently I climbed up and down the grass clad, golden cliffs of the Cap to the top. The sky was azure, hawks, and a helicopter circled below me and people on the beach were no bigger than grains of sand. The Golden Cap features in my illustration of Dorset, like a bright beacon, shining its light over the deep blue sea.
Swimming here is my absolute favourite thing to do! Living in London it is a such a treat to be able to swim outside, under a big sky and surrounded by nature.
In March 2020, four days before my flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina closed the borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic and I had to fly from Rio to Brasília immediately. My siblings live here in a beautiful residential complex and they are almost neighbors of each other. It's only 30 minutes from the center of town, but still looks a bit wild, almost like being in the countryside. And that's where I've been stuck ever since. I thank them all heartily. Love, love, love, love.
/// I feel good here with my family, but I also want to express my immense sadness for Brazil, my country that I love so much, for having one of the largest numbers of coronavirus victims in the world. So many deaths could have been prevented.